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December 01
YVC Foundation Scholarship Applications Available

​​Yakima, WA- The Yakima Valley College Foundation scholarship applications are now available for the 2017-2018 academic year. Applications can be picked up in person on the Yakima Campus in Prior Hall Room 113, at the student information desk in the HUB, or in the Financial Aid Office in the Deccio Higher Education Center. Applications are available online at www.yvcc.edu/scholarship. Submission deadline is February 28, 2017.

Incorporated in July 1977 the Foundation's primary goal is to provide scholarships for students. They award over $400,000 in scholarships annually. In the past 38 years the Foundation has helped students accomplish their goals by awarding over 4,500 scholarships totaling more than $4 million.

The ability to provide opportunities to deserving students can only continue through generous donation. For information on becoming a donor, contact 509.574.4645. 

December 01
Alumni Association Seeking Nominations for Alumnus of the Year Award

Yakima, WA- The Yakima Valley College Alumni Association is seeking nominations for the annual Distinguished Alumnus Award.  The award will be presented at the YVC commencement ceremony in June.

Nomination Form: The application forms are available online at www.yvcc.edu/alumni or by contacting Caitlin Goodwill at 509.574.4775 / cgoodwill@yvcc.edu.               ​

Award Criteria:

  • any former student who attended YVC for a minimum of three quarters;
  • attained at least 45 credits,
  • and has distinguished themselves in some positive manner is eligible for nomination.


    Submission Deadline: January 11, 2016

 For more information: visit www.yvcc.edu/alumni or 509.574.4775 / cgoodwill@yvcc.edu.​

November 16
YVC’s Vineyard & Winery Technology Program Wins Big at the 2016 Tri-Cities Wine Festival

​Grandview Campus- Yakima Valley Vintners (YVV), YVC's teaching winery, received 7 awards for their student crafted wines at the 2016 Tri-Cities Wine Festival this month. YVV's 2014 Primitivo received a gold medal along with the 2014 Red Backpack Red Wine – which also brought home Best of Class for the Red Blend Category. The 2014 A to Zin Zinfandel, 2014 Science Fair Carmenere, 2015 Easy A Chardonnay and 2015 Alumno Albarino each garnered silver medals and the 2015 Summer Break Pinot Noir received a bronze medal.

 All wines submitted were judged blindly by a panel of prominent wine professionals. YVC student wines are included in with all of the other commercial wineries during the competition. There were 90 wineries that competed this year, and 426 wines were judged over a three day period leading up to the festival on Saturday.

 These award winning wines, submitted by Yakima Valley Vintners, were produced by students completing course work in YVC's Vineyard & Winery Technology program. The wines are marketed through the program at YVC's Grandview Campus which houses a winery facility and tasting room. Students managed all aspects of producing these wines from grape to glass.

 "The students work diligently together as a team to form the final blends, and it is great to see how their career passion translates into the finished product," stated YVC Vineyard and Winery Technology Instructor Trent Ball.

 The Tri-Cities Wine Festival began in 1979 as a fundraiser for a new copier for the Tri-Cities Visitor & Convention Bureau. However, it was also envisioned as a vehicle for promoting Northwest wines, and the Tri-Cities as a tourist destination. The festival was modeled after the Seattle Wine Festival and was originally held in July during Water Follies. The event featured over 40 wines from 13 Northwest wineries. In 1990 the Tri-Cities Wine Society assumed sponsorship. Through the help of several area supporters, the Society received enough seed money to continue the festival. The festival has continued each year, and as the Pacific Northwest wine industry has grown and changed, so has the festival. In 2010 Tri-Cities Wine Festival moved to its current location at Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick. Over 80 wineries attend this annual event and more than 350 wines are poured to 1,200 visitors at the Gala Wine Tasting. A Silent Auction helps fund a scholarship to students in local viticulture programs. For more information: http://www.tricitieswinesociety.com/meet-tri-cities-wine-festival.html

For more information about Yakima Valley Vintners and the Yakima Valley College Vineyard and Winery Technology Program: www.yvcc.edu/wine or call 509.882.7007.

November 10
Basic Skills Open House

Yakima Valley College's Basic Skills Division will host an Open House at all locations on Monday, November 28, 2016 from 1:00-6:00pm. Are you interested in earning your high school diploma or high school equivalency degree? Visit a location near you to learn about our program offerings including English as a Second Language, High School 21+, GED, and I-BEST. Meet our staff who can help answer questions and enjoy free refreshments.

Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (I-BEST): I-BEST programs enable students to develop both their literacy and job skills as they prepare for the workforce and continued study in college. I-BEST offerings pair a professional/technical content instructor with an adult basic education instructor to help students progress in reading, writing, and math while also training for a career. I-BEST students can work on improving their basic educational skills while also earning college-level credit. Students participating in I-BEST can receive specialized financial aid and academic support services.

YVC offers the following I-BEST opportunities:

  • Agriculture
  • Business Technology
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Information Technology
  • Nursing Assistant Certification

High School 21+: Students who are 21 years of age or older can earn high school credit from Adult Basic Education (ABE) courses and earn an adult high school diploma. As students show competency in specific subject areas, YVC will grant high school credit. HS21+ allows individuals to apply previously earned high school credit toward their diploma and then finish the rest of the credits required by taking classes at YVC. Students are not required to pass the high school state assessment or complete a senior project. Students may also be able to earn high school credit based on prior knowledge through training and/or work experience. To earn a high school diploma, students must earn a total of 19-20 high school credits and demonstrate proficiency in English and math. YVC faculty coordinate curriculum to facilitate a smooth student transition from ABE directly into credit-bearing college courses for those students who wish to continue their college education.

English as a Second Language (ESL): YVC's ESL classes are for non- or limited English-speaking adults who want to learn English. Classes combine listening, speaking, reading, and writing, with an emphasis on listening and speaking skills. ESL classes prepare students to continue with their education in English or secure employment. As students develop English language skills they transition into ABE classes.

General Education Development (GED): YVC offers GED preparation to students interested in studying for the GED exam through individualized and classroom support. The GED exam is administered on the computer and students need to have strong academic skills and knowledge in the areas of reading, writing, math, computer technology, social studies, and science in order to pass the exam.

GED high school equivalency exams can be taken at both the Yakima and Grandview campuses. For additional information: www.yvcc.edu\testingservices.

Locations & Services:​

  • Yakima Campus: S. 16th Avenue and Nob Hill Blvd., Yakima, WA 98902                     509.574.6850
    • Available Programs - High School 21+, I-BEST, GED Prep, GED Exam, ESL
  • Grandview Campus: 500 West Main Street, Grandview, WA 98930                           509.882.7000
    • Available Programs - High School 21+, I-BEST, GED Preparation, GED Exam, ESL
  • Toppenish Learning Center: 720 W. 3rd Avenue, Toppenish, WA 98948                     509.834.4550
    • Available Programs - High School 21+, GED Preparation, ESL
  • Sunnyside Learning Center: 2590 Yakima Valley Hwy, Sunnyside, WA 98944          509.837.9623
    • Available Programs - High School 21+, GED Preparation
  • Ellensburg Learning Center: 401 E. Mountainview, Ellensburg, WA 98926                                509.925.4011
    • Available Programs - High School 21+, GED Preparation

For more information about YVC's Basic Skills Division or programs visit: www.yvcc.edu/abe

October 31
Sunnyside Learning Center hosts Open House

Yakima Valley College will host an Open House at the Sunnyside Learning Center on Monday, November 28, 2016 from 1:00-6:00pm. Are you interested in earning your high school diploma or high school equivalency degree? Visit the Sunnyside Learning Center to learn about our program offerings including High School 21+, GED, and I-BEST. Meet our staff who can help answer questions and enjoy free refreshments. ​

YVC's Sunnyside Learning Center, located at 2590 Yakima Valley Hwy, Sunnyside, WA. For more information visit: www.yvcc.edu/ABE or contact 509.837.9623. Assistance is available in both English and Spanish.

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